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Texas Children's Hospital is the first children's hospital in the nation to offer PET/MRI scanner to better diagnose several childhood diseases
Date:4/29/2013

The imaging facility also includes a Kitten Scanner, a small-scale simulated version of an MRI scanner that helps reduce children's anxiety about an exam. The Kitten Scanner will be located in the waiting room. We encourage children to play and interact with the device by choosing a toy to scan, putting it on the miniature patient table and pushing it through the opening, watching the flat panel display which presents (in terms kids can understand) a short story explaining how a scanner works and why the exam is needed and seeing the "insides" of the toy on the screen. As children play with the Kitten Scanner, they focus their attention on learning and having fun, so they are less likely to worry about the upcoming procedure.

Texas Children's will begin using this scanner on patients beginning today. All patients who could benefit from the more detailed imaging will be asked to participate in a clinical trial. 

For more information about pediatric radiology at Texas Children's, please visit: http://www.texaschildrens.org/Locate/Departments-and-Services/Radiology/.

About Texas Children's Hospital
Texas Children's Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to creating a community of healthy children through excellence in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation, Texas Children's has recognized Centers of Excellence in multiple pediatric subspecialties including the Cancer and Heart Centers, and operates the largest primary pediatric care network in the country. Texas Children's has completed a $1.5 billion expansion, which includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; and Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in
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